Cannabis Should be Legalised and Only Sold Online to Kill Off the Dealers

By Gary Cutlack on at

A think-tank, or just some men having ideas on a chain email, has come up with an idea that could make cannabis legalisation more palatable to the UK -- selling it online. But only online, so it comes neatly in packages through the letterbox and there's no more worry about getting mugged at knifepoint for your phone by a dealer in the Iceland car park.

This is what some people who call themselves Volteface think, anyway, with their report The Green Screen suggesting it as a way of making the recreational drug less of a marginal activity and keeping it out of the hands of teenagers via an age-verified distribution system. They compare the idea to Spotify no less, saying: "Just as streaming services such as Spotify have hugely diminished music piracy, an online-only, legal cannabis market in the UK could disrupt the illicit black market."

Or it might make it easier for dealers to get it in the first place. They add that: "...the current, so-called 'dark web model' of online cannabis sales and delivery offers a precursor to what we believe will be the final, preferred model: regulated digital marketplaces for cannabis sales, using standard delivery mechanisms to answer market needs."

Which is assuming the old people of the land would vote for it to be made legal in any way in the first place. [Volteface]

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